Know what’s cray? The fact that a slew of new millenial-approved words are now being totes legitimized. Amazeballs!
The latest addition of words to Oxford’s online dictionary (not to be confused with the more prestigious, serious Oxford English Dictionary) basically reads like an ode to our texts. The fresh batch of slang is filled with abbreviations like “FML” and “ICYMI,” as well as phrases that Drake and Kanye coined, like YOLO and cray. All in all, it’s a small victory in millenials’ quest to be taken seriously. If the trend continues, who knows…we could be seeing emojis creep its way into the dictionary in no time.
Check out some of the best new entries below, and then forward this on to your parents. You’ll want them to start studying so they can stop giving you blank stares when you humblebrag that you just binge-watched the entire series of “Beavis and Butt-head.” SMH.
adorbs (adj.): arousing great delight; cute or adorable.
air punch (n.): thrusting one’s clenched fist up into the air, typically as a gesture of triumph.
amazeballs (adj.): very impressive, enjoyable, or attractive.
binge-watch (v.): watch multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession.
bro hug (n.): a friendly embrace between two men.
cray (adj.): crazy, but without that time-consuming extra syllable.
doncha (contraction): don’t you.
douchebaggery (n.): obnoxious or contemptible behaviour.
fandom (n.): the fans of a particular person, team, series, etc., regarded collectively as a community or subculture.
FML (abbrev.): (vulgar slang) f— my life! (used to express dismay at a frustrating personal situation)
hate-watch (v.): watch (a television program usually) for the sake of the enjoyment derived from mocking or criticizing it.
hot mess (n.): a person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered.
humblebrag (n. & v.): (make) an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud.
ICYMI (abbrev.): in case you missed it.
mansplain (v.): (of a man) explain something to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.
neckbeard (n.): growth of hair on a man’s neck, especially when regarded as indicative of poor grooming.
side boob (n.): the side part of a woman’s breast, as exposed by a revealing item of clothing.
side-eye (n.): a sidelong glance expressing disapproval or contempt.
SMH (abbrev.): shaking (or shake) my head (used to express disapproval, exasperation, etc.).
throw shade (phr.): publicly criticize or express contempt for someone.
WDYT (abbrev.): what do you think?
YOLO (abbrev.): you only live once (expressing the view that one should make the most of the present moment).
So WDYT of this brand-new batch of dictionary-approved words? Let us know in the comments!